The Congress w/ Jonah Wisneski (feat members of Other Worlds)

The Congress w/ Jonah Wisneski (feat members of Other Worlds)

Fri, September 14, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15 Advance / $20 Day Of Show

This event is 16 and over

The Congress
The Congress
With the release of their sophomore album, The Game (due September 9, 2016 on American Paradox), The Congress progresses further along a career path that’s taken them from Denver, CO, where they first formed, back to their hometown of Richmond, VA. They’ve followed a circuitous route, one that’s found them touring with high profile bands like Lake Street Dive, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and Hard Working Americans, while still remaining focused on their singular sound, a dynamic mix of riveting rock ‘n’ roll, old school soul, classic country, and searing psychedelia.

Ultimately, The Congress is a band that shows reverence for their roots through both cohesion and creativity. “It’s hard to pigeonhole us one way or the other,” says guitarist/vocalist Scott Lane. “We do what comes naturally, with a lot of focus on song and arrangement, and very little on genre. We’re not great at putting ourselves in one box.” That’s borne out on The Game, even on an initial listen. From the mournful sway of “Home Again” and “Farewell,” to the jazzy, soulful sound evident in “When I Got the Time,” it’s clear The Congress is as versatile as it is unpredictable. The slow, steady glide of “Poison and Antidote” and “This Ain’t Livin’” finds a perfect mesh with spry rockers like “Ain’t It Easy,” “September” and the title track, ensuring a subtle change in tone and tempo throughout.

The Game follows the band’s two EPs (one self-titled, the other dubbed The Loft Tapes) and a full-length debut (aptly titled Whatever You Want). The new record was recorded primarily at Denver’s Macy Sound Studio with occasional sessions at Montrose Studios in Richmond. Bassist/vocalist Jonathan Meadows remembers, “‘This Ain’t Livin‘ came really quickly. We ran through it in 20 minutes and the first take turned out to be the best. It felt very spontaneous.” To keep that fresh feeling throughout The Game, the band stripped down their sound, relying only on the basics -- guitar, bass, piano and drums -- the latter courtesy of band members Chris Speasmaker and Mark Levy, respectively. (The newest member of the fold, drummer Raphael Katchinoff replaced Levy earlier this year.)

Although the band produced the album themselves (“Scott has really learned his way around the studio,” Meadows mentions. “He’s really nailed it.”), they opted to turn the mixing chores over to engineer Adrian Olsen. “This was the first time we didn’t do it ourselves,” Meadows continues. “I think that was a more mature decision on our part. It was really exciting to hear the results coming from the hands of somebody else.” In the end, The Game is an accurate representation of the band’s versatility. “We’re obsessive about music,” Lane insists. “We love old R&B. We’re fans of classic country. It’s all rock and roll.”
Jonah Wisneski
Jonah Wisneski
As a strong pressence in Colorado, Jonah Wisneski has been contributing to Denver's burgeoning music scene for the last few years. After spending time as a session player, touring/recording/playing with various musical acts in Colorado, Jonah is finally letting his own voice be heard with a new band and a new record.

A guitarist/singer/composer, Jonah Wisneski spent the last few years working on his own music in between his time spent with other bands. Enlisting close friends (Colorado musical mainstays: The Fox Street All-Stars and Kinetix) to join him in the studio, it was time to work out the sound he was hearing in his head.

"I entered the studio a while back with a batch of songs, and ideas how they would be arranged. Josh Fairman (Kinetix) signed on to produce/engineer/play on the record, and he was pivotal in helping this come together. From there,Fox Street All Stars joined in, and were playing on songs until we had reached a point where everyone could feel good about the sounds we were getting. It kind of snowballed when musicians like Nate Barnes (drums) of Rose Hill Drive, and Bill McKay (Piano) of Leftover Salmon contributed. The results were exactly what I was hoping for."

Now, with a record on the way, the live band has found it's stride playing rhythm & blues soaked rock, rooted with sounds of Americana and more. The approach is to blend contemporary and classic ideas into a sound that is uniquely its own, yet newly familiar.

"I want the focus to be on the songs. I've got a great band that can put on a great live show, but I want the songs to be great in any environment, whether it's live or on your stereo."

The result, is a debut record due this summer. Hours of recording culled down to a cohesive sound that represents only the tip of the iceberg. Featuring members of Leftover Salmon, Rose Hill Drive, Kinetix and Fox Street All Stars, the record will showcase some of the country's best musicians. With numerous shows on the horizon, the future is looking bright.
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Other Side
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205